New Ross fintech initiative offers students new opportunities

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 8:05pm

Michigan Ross Fintech Initiative is targeted at developing students’ knowledge in financial technology.

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Michigan Ross Fintech Initiative, a new initiative at the Ross School of Business, aims to develop students’ knowledge in financial technology.

The initiative is the product of a partnership between Chicago-based investment firm PEAK6, which Business alum Jenny Just and her husband Matt Hulsizer founded. 

In an email sent to Business students, Business Dean Scott DeRue wrote that the initiative will support the development of educational offerings at the school.

“With the generous support of PEAK6, we are committed to developing a robust pipeline of Ross talent — the next generation of strategic decision makers, advisors and entrepreneurs — to successfully lead organizations in the dynamic fintech industry,” DeRue wrote.

Business professor Robert Dittmar and assistant Business professor Andrew Wu will serve as faculty co-directors of the initiative, the email said. 

DeRue wrote the goal of the initiative is to create a connection between a traditional business education and skills students need to know now and in the future.

“Students will learn how the domains of finance and technology are coming together and dramatically changing the way individuals and businesses access financial services and markets,” DeRue wrote. “Students will also learn how to generate value for organizations by identifying technological solutions to emerging business challenges.”